There are many claims circulated in the world concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When I was a young man, I was inviting people on the street to come in and listen to the gospel. If people are busy I would hand them a tract. But I was surprised by a group of people who gave me their tracts in exchange for ours. Our tracts contained the message of salvation. The tracts they gave me stated that Jesus never died on the cross and therefore, Jesus never rose again from the dead.
I am so glad that the death and resurrection of Jesus does not depend on the speculation of men. Jesus died according to the scriptures and rose again according to the scriptures. I believe the scriptures, the Bible, the Word of God. (2Tim. 3:16,17) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” The Word existed before the foundation of the world. (John 1:1, 2) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:14) “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” The Word became man. That man was Jesus.
Jesus was born into this world for redeeming man from sin. In order to accomplish this He had to die. Jesus died according to the scriptures. Psalm 22, Isaiah 53 and many other passages make this clear. Jesus rose again from the dead, according to the scriptures. Psalm 16:10 “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Isa 53:9) “And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.” Jesus said, (Joh 10:18) “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”